On Nov. 21, 2014, the University of Maryland A. James Clark School of Engineering celebrated a milestone: the ceremonial groundbreaking of what now stands as the tallest academic building on the College Park campus, A. James Clark Hall.
In less than two years’ time, the UMD community witnessed the transformation of a parking lot into a 184,000-square-foot state-of-the-art facility to foster world-class engineering research and educational programs. The building itself is a marvel in structural engineering. Behind the scenes, one of construction’s “latest and greatest” tools – virtualization – was put to use, making all the difference in the design, construction, and building maintenance planning process.
For many, the words “virtual reality” call to mind video gaming. In truth, “VR” has been used for everything from preparing soldiers for combat with the help of battlefield simulations, to allowing NBA basketball players the opportunity to practice free throws from the comfort of their own living room.